Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See. She has several elaborate theories involving pop culture and monkeys, all of which are available on request.

Holmes began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living-room space to DVD sets of The Wire and never looked back.

Holmes was a writer and editor at Television Without Pity, where she recapped several hundred hours of programming — including both High School Musical movies, for which she did not receive hazard pay. Since 2003, she has been a contributor to MSNBC.com, where she has written about books, movies, television and pop-culture miscellany.

Holmes' work has also appeared on Vulture (New York magazine's entertainment blog), in TV Guide and in many, many legal documents.

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10:53am

Fri October 26, 2012
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Halloween Stories And Very Good Taste

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 10:59 am

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It's Halloween — or it will be soon — and that means BOO! We talk about the scariest of holidays (if you don't count Valentine's Day). Not scary at all: with Trey on vacation, we're joined by the charming Tanya Ballard Brown, who kicks off with a delightful tale of a clothes-wearing friend of hers. We get the update on what Stephen's kids are doing this year (the World's Saddest Banana is retiring!) and I once again make the case for my favorite dog photograph of all time.

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8:54am

Thu October 25, 2012
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Morning Shots: The Books You Like Are Probably Bad, And World Series News

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 12:13 pm

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I feel very much like the radio lady at the beginning of Singin' In The Rain when I say "rumor has it," but rumor has it that Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone might be starring in something written and directed by Cameron Crowe, and that's actually good enough news if true to make me want to put aside those worries. (Dignity, always dignity.) [Deadline]

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8:40am

Wed October 24, 2012
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Morning Shots: Are You Planning On Dressing Up Like Thor? You're Not Alone

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A Fandango poll says that The Avengers is leading the pack for Halloween costume choice, and then goes on to explain that most of the top picks across the board are action heroes. Which does make some sense, as dressing up like a rom-com heroine would make it hard for people to tell who you are. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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9:01am

Mon October 22, 2012
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Morning Shots: NBC's Surprising Success And Louis C.K.'s Next Gig

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From my beloved ex-hometown: The Minnesota Orchestra put on a show Thursday night, in spite of the fact that they're currently locked out in a contract dispute. [The Star Tribune]

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3:45pm

Fri October 19, 2012
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'Friendkeeping': The Close Relationships We Could, But Can't Easily, Let Go

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:46 pm

At Monkey See this week, we've been talking about friendship and pop culture. We close with this discussion with Julie Klam, whose new book, Friendkeeping, goes on sale next week.

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11:55am

Fri October 19, 2012
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Does The Hallmark Channel Have Basic Cable's Most Efficiently Defined Brand?

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:50 pm

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You know Hallmark cards, of course. "When you care enough to send the very best." They made themselves The Company That Makes Greeting Cards, Whether You Like It Or Not, and that brand is made of iron.

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10:58am

Fri October 19, 2012
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Nature Of Suspense And Our Love Of Cover Songs

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:53 pm

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This week, we're visited by the marvelous Barrie Hardymon for a show about the nature of suspense — brought on by Stephen's and my enthusiasm for the new Ben Affleck film Argo -- and about cover songs. We play a lot of music, including covers we love and the raw materials to put together covers that don't exist except in our dreams.

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9:48am

Fri October 19, 2012
Monkey See

Entirely Real Photos: What's It Like At A Rockettes Rehearsal?

Linda Haberman (L), Director and Choreographer of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular directs The Rockettes at the 2012 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Rehearsals this week in New York.
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I have no particular wisdom about this photo; I just think it's interesting to see that the Rockettes are never not regimented. I thought maybe you'd be allowed to wear your own dance clothes, but it makes sense that they'd want to see the effect of everyone looking the same, even in practice. These women work hard.

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8:44am

Fri October 19, 2012
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Morning Shots: 'Girls,' Jerks, 'Sugar Dome,' And Messing With Classics

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:51 pm

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I continue to be utterly fascinated by Ta-Nehisi Coates and his quest to learn French. "I now understand why two-year-olds are so frustrated," and other insights. [The Atlantic]

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8:48am

Thu October 18, 2012
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Morning Shots: George Takei, 'Moby-Dick,' And Magical Realism In Film

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:49 am

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I don't know when we decided to start celebrating the 161st anniversaries of things, but it's the 161st anniversary of the publication of Moby-Dick, and there's a Google Doodle to celebrate. [The Telegraph]

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